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Old 08-20-2013, 10:14 PM   #1 (permalink)
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He seems irritable at all points. When I take him out he's happier to sit around or explore rather than be touched or handled at all. He hisses a lot if you touch him and I've noticed a few quills here and there that have fallen out. I've read about quilling and Buck is about 8 weeks old. Could he be quilling? What could I do to help him? We have another hedgie named Charlie but he seems to be out of his quilling stage. He's around 13 or 14 weeks old. Thanks for any help you could give me.
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Old 08-20-2013, 10:23 PM   #2 (permalink)
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He absolutely could be quilling. When his quills fall out, is there a follicle attached? If so, then he's quilling. If not, he could have mites.

And another thing to keep in mind is that hedgehogs have different personalities, just like people and dogs and most other animals. Some like to cuddle, some prefer to roam and sniff, some run for hours and hours (so much that they need more fat in their diets than other hedgies). Buck might be an explorer instead of a cuddler, and that's ok. Keep trying though -- don't keep your distance, because you want him to be familiar with you and associate you with safety and food and happiness. But if he always prefers to roam around instead of snuggling with you, that will be ok too.
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He enjoys snuggling and he let's me pick him up without balling but he doesn't seem to like being handled. Sometimes I can stroke him a few times and he won't get upset but other times he just gets upset. He never likes to stray too far. He prefers to climb mount human over anything else unlike our other hedgie, charlie. Charlie just usually enjoys running around everywhere. So what can I do if he's quilling? From what I've seen there is a follicle yes.
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Sounds like he's just an explorer. Some hedgies are like that - they prefer to run around over being touched or held. Best thing to do is accept that that's his personality and find ways to enjoy him that way. You said he likes to climb you - let him do that. Set up a playpen or hedgie-safe room and lay on the floor & watch him explore. You can hide treats for him and watch him sniff them out - Lily loved doing that in her cage.

Also, the follicle being at the end of the quill thing is a myth - whether it's there or not gives no indication of whether there's mites or not.
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If he is quilling, you can try giving him oatmeal baths (a bath with a sock of oatmeal) to sooth itchy skin, or drizzle oil (olive, flaxseed) either directly on him or his food to ease dry skin.
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I'll keep a look out for more quills and if he is quilling I'll invest in some flax seed oil. Thanks for all your help guys
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Also, the follicle being at the end of the quill thing is a myth - whether it's there or not gives no indication of whether there's mites or not.
Thanks for that!
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Thanks for all your help guys. I really appreciate it
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